On Tuesday, Santana tied a season high with four hits, including two doubles and a homer, to boost Cleveland over the Minnesota Twins, 8-2, at Target Field. The switch-hitter collected two RBI and two runs scored in the contest. After going 2-for-4 with a pair of walks and scoring the Indians' only run in a 2-1, 14-inning defeat at Kansas City on Thursday, the 28-year-old returned on Friday to the tune of two homers and three runs scored, but Cleveland was again outlasted by the Royals, 6-4. The two bombs marked the Dominican Republic native's first multi-homer effort of the season and the third in his five-year career. A day later, Santana blasted another homer, along with a double, but his efforts were not enough as Kansas City triumphed, 7-5. In the final tilt of a four-game set on Sunday, Carlos and the Indians offense posted double-digit runs for just the second time in July with a decisive 10-3 win over Kansas City. Santana went a perfect 3-for-3 with two homers, four RBI and a walk in the victory. With home runs in three consecutive games, Carlos matches his career best set from April 28-30, 2011. He finished the Kansas City series batting .643 (9-for-20) with a double, five homers, eight RBI, five walks and six runs scored, marking the first time in Royals history that an opposing player hit five home runs in a series against them. Additionally, he became the first player in Baseball this season to hit five homers in a series (last accomplished by San Francisco's Hunter Pence from September 12-15, 2013 against the Dodgers). Santana tied an Indians record for homers in a single series, a feat previously accomplished by Hal Trosky (1934), Joe Carter (1989), Albert Belle (1995), Matt Williams (1997) and Travis Hafner (2004).
Other noteworthy performances last week included 2014 All-Stars Jose Altuve (.464, 13 H) of the Houston Astros, Yoenis Cespedes (.333, 3 HR, 9 RBI) of the Oakland Athletics and Chris Sale (2-0, 0.60 ERA, 15.0 IP, 3 BB, 20 SO) of the Chicago White Sox; as well as David Ortiz (5 HR, 12 RBI) of the Boston Red Sox and Zach Britton (4 SV, 0.00 ERA, 0 BB, 7 SO) of the Baltimore Orioles.
In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Carlos Santana will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.